Theo – 3 Months

Theo is starting to be more alert and loves interacting with us.  He is so much fun.  I can already see how much Caden loves him and he loves Caden.  It is so sweet.  I can not wait until they can play together!

Theo’s Three Month Stats
Weight:  14lbs (weighed at home)
Length:  24.5″ (measured at home)
Head:  43 cm (measured at home)

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s three month stats here.

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Sleeping:  Theo slept 7 hours straight on November 30th but he usually sleeps about 3.5- 4hr stretches at night.   For naps during the day, he will only sleep in the ergo carrier and usually about 1-1.5 hours.  We tried his first nap in the Rock-N-Play (RNP) on Nov 30th and he slept 1 hour (swaddled).  On December 1, I started to think about sleep training him.  It was very overwhelming knowing where to start.  I love the flexibility of the ergo but I am trying to look at the bigger picture and create better sleeping habits for down the road.

The first few days of sleep training were awful.  He screamed constantly.  I wasn’t sure if I should let him cry and if so, for how long.  It was very nerve wracking.  I ended up letting him cry about 30ish minutes and if he was still crying after that, I’d go in and try to calm him.  The first few times I just talked to him and that didn’t work so the next time I tried picking him up until he calmed down.  I didn’t feel like we were getting anywhere.  The whole time I was timing when he fell asleep on the baby connect app on my phone.  When he did fall asleep, he would wake up every time at 38 minutes.  So then I decided I’d go in his room a few minutes before the 38 minute mark and put my hand on him so he’d feel some comfort.  That worked for five minutes.  Ha.  So then I positioned myself under his RNP and shushed really loud until he fell back asleep.  That worked for one nap.  So then I decided he just needed to cry.  And I made it through a few naps where he only slept 30 minutes each.  And I felt like we needed to reset, so I put the swing in his room.

I had read online that some babies need to be put down for their naps sooner.  I had been putting him down at 1 hour and 45 minutes after he woke.  So I started shortening his wake time.  I shortened it all the way to between 1 hour and 1 hour 15 minutes.  He did much better after that.  I even eased up on stimulating him.  I had been trying to entertain him with flashing lights, letting him grab/hold things, tickling him… He also seemed to show some improvement after I eased up on that too.

He has started to sleep about 6 hours give or take for his first stretch of sleep at night.  After that its about 2.5/3 hours for the next stretch.  I started putting him down for bed at night at 7:30PM, when I put Caden down. When Caden was Theo’s age, we would keep him up until we went to bed which was around 10/11.  And by keep him up, I mean we would just give him an extra nap and when we stirred, we’d get him and let him have about an hour of wake time until it was bed time.  Or we would just let him sleep on us downstairs.  It is so amazing to have time to myself at night and I think Theo gets much more and better quality sleep.

Eating:  Still nurses every 3 hours during day and on one side at a time.

Caden staring at his Seo.

Caden staring at his Seo.

I could not wake Theo up to feed him before I went to bed so we, I mean I, had a little bit of fun.  :)

I could not wake Theo up to feed him before I went to bed so we, I mean I, had a little bit of fun. :)

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potty doubling as a stool.  totes makes sense.

potty doubling as a stool. totes makes sense.

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Theo loves his brudda.

Theo loves his brudda.

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a nice peaceful bath...

a nice peaceful bath…

juuuust kidding.

juuuust kidding.  This is totally a representation of how things went between me and my older brother.  ;)

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Caden helping with “tuppy tine”.

Me and my dad on the left.  Caden and Brandon on the right.  :D

Me and my dad on the left. Caden and Brandon on the right. :D

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Brandon watched the boys for 4 hours so I could go out by myself *amazing* and

Brandon watched the boys for 4 hours so I could go out by myself *amazing* and this was little man’s reaction when he saw me.  Ahhh the best!

Post bath hair is the best.

Post bath hair is the best.

ergo naps...

ergo naps…

I leave the room for oooonnee minute....

I leave the room for oooonnee minute….

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such a ham

such a ham

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I need more cowbell!

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He was saying, “shhhh sweepin'”

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it’s a mommy/caden twofie

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I love this picture of him in my hat but what I love even more is that is shows what he does with his fingers.  He is constantly crossing them like that.  :)

I love this picture of him in my hat but what I love even more is that is shows what he does with his fingers. He is constantly crossing them like that. :)

I was walking out the door with both kids to go on a road trip and this happened.

I was walking out the door with both kids to go on a road trip and this happened. Noooot amused.

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too bad he never smiles…

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Caden sautéing his mushrooms.

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He picked out his own outfit.

He picked out his own outfit.

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Thanksgiving on the Wallis side

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silly cousins

Theo and uncle J

Theo and uncle J

Caden and D-pa

Caden and D-pa

Caden and C-ma

Caden and C-ma

I can't believe I'm posting this picture of myself but I had to document Theo's first win against UVA as a hokie!  Even if it was a horrrrrible game and season.

I can’t believe I’m posting this picture of myself but I had to document Theo’s first win against UVA as a hokie! Even if it was a horrrrrible game and season.

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3 month weigh in.

3 month weigh in.

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Ahhh this years Santa pic. So great.

2013 Santa pic on the left and 2014 on the right.  YES.

2013 Santa pic on the left and 2014 on the right. YES.

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Theo – 2 Months

Now that Theo is almost 3 months (in 3 days) I figured I should get his two month post out.  Man, time flies so much faster with two kids.  I rarely get a chance to sit down!  Thank goodness for smart phones otherwise I wouldn’t have any contact with the outside world or be able to remember anything.  I’m not as good at writing every little new thing that Theo does but at least I get some of it written down in my google docs.  Also, voice to text is crucial.  Efficiency is key.

Theo’s Two Month Stats
Weight: 11lbs 12oz (49%)
Length: 23″ (64%) (This could be incorrect, the DR’s office has 23″ recorded for his 1 and 2 month appointments and I know he grew between the two.)
Head: 39.25 cm (65%)

Theo’s One Month Stats
Weight: 10 lbs 10 oz
Length: 23″
Head: 37 cm

Theo’s birth stats are:
Weight: 7 lbs 1 oz
Length: 21″
Head: 34.5 cm

You can compare Caden’s two month stats here.

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Theo is so much fun and is SO SMILEY!  All I have to do is smile at him and he’ll smile back at me.  It is so adorable.  He loves staring at Caden and Caden loves his brudder.  Caden is very aggressively affectionate.  :)

Dairy/Soy Allergy:  This month we actively tried to figure out why Theo was spitting up so much.  On October 2 we went to the pediatrician because I thought he could have an allergy (excessive spitting up and mucousy poop) and she concluded that he just had reflux, but not GERD (the reflux disease).  When we were about to leave the appointment, he pooped.  I started to change his diaper and she said since he pooped she would check his stool for blood, the most common sign of an allergy.  Spitting up is not necessarily an indicator of an allergy, I just thought something had to be wrong and an allergy was my first reasoning as to why he was spitting up so much.  She came back in 5 minutes later and said there was blood in the poop.  It was not visible to the human eye, which is why I hadn’t seen it.  She said the 2 most common allergies are dairy and soy.

OK, my knowledge of food allergies was basically laughable.  My niece had a peanut butter, wheat and egg allergy when she was little but she grew out of it.  They were able to do the skin prick test on her (she was maybe ~2yo).  The Ped said I should go off of dairy and soy for 2 weeks and come back in and have his stool tested.  She gave me a list of all the ingredients to avoid/words to look for in the ingredients list.  I know it’s silly but I can’t even describe how sad I was to hear I couldn’t drink a glass of milk!  I LOOOOOOVE milk.  I definitely went through a gallon a week by myself.  But.  I love nursing more.  I love it so much.  So if that’s what it takes for me to nurse Theo then I was determined to do it.

Let me just say, I had NO idea what SOY was in.  It is in e v e r y t h i n g!!!!  Well, dairy too!  My zyrtec allergy medicine has a dairy protein in it!?!  Are you kidding me??  For two days, I basically ate fruit until I could go grocery shopping.  I took my mom with me because she has been eating Paleo which is a similar way to eat.  I had my mother in law come watch Caden so he wouldn’t be a distraction.  To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement.  Ha.

My mom and I drove 40 minutes to Whole Foods and Trader Joes and I basically restocked my pantry with DF/SF (dairy free/soy free) items.  Can I just say I have never eaten healthier foods in my life!?  I am forced to have fruits and veggies daily.  I can’t eat processed (most of them anyway) foods.  I can’t eat out.  I can’t have most chocolate candy bars.  The few I can have are like $5 each and not at common grocery stores.  Thank goodness I can still have a beer.  ;)  I also dropped my pregnancy weight like that *snap*.  I am about ~8lbs above my weight where I was when I got preggo with Theo.  And I’m wearing smaller pants than pre-pregnancy.  Insane.  I’m definitely not where I want to be but it took me 2.5 months this time to get where it took me a year to get after I had Caden.

On October 30th, I dropped off Theo’s diaper to be tested again and it was negative for blood.  So it’s very likely that he is allergic to dairy and/or soy.  I say likely because I think there was another issue.  A lot of Theo’s issues early on included gasping for air when nursing, choking, coughing, air/gas in stomach, hard time pooping/passing gas, excessive weight gain, which all are symptoms of overactive forceful letdown (I’m going to call it OFL).  When my milk came in each time during my first two months of nursing Theo, it was so incredibly painful.  I couldn’t have even told you when my milk came in each time I nursed Caden.  I had never felt that sensation before.  Blood in the stool is also another reaction to OFL.  So that’s why I’m not sure 100% that it is in fact a dairy/soy allergy.  I tried to fix the OFL issues while we were in the waiting period to test the dairy/soy allergy so who knows.  I would pull Theo off right after my milk letdown and express into a towel.  I did that until my milk slowed and then I would put him back on.  I pulled him off for each nursing session for about two weeks.  After that time period, the letdown was much less intense, so I stopped pulling him off.  He wasn’t choking/gasping for air anymore, so I think we resolved that issue.  Regarding the excessive weight gain, apparently with OFL they get too much fore-milk (sugary milk) and not enough hind-milk (fatty milk) because he would gasp/struggle through the first few minutes of nursing (fore-milk) and never get to the hind-milk.

The last thing I changed to reduce the spitting up was I had him nurse every 3 hours instead of 2.  Between the dairy/soy free diet, overactive forceful letdown remedies and making our nursing sessions longer apart, his spit up has reduced drastically!  It’s amazing!  He still spits up more than Caden did but it’s so much more manageable now.  I’m not doing 2 loads of laundry a day anymore!

 Sleep:  Theo will only sleep in the ergo carrier for his naps during the day.  At night, he goes down like a champ in his swaddle sack in the rock-n-play.  He is waking up about 2 times a night.  We put him to bed when we go to bed at about 10/11pm.  He will not sleep a wink in his car seat.  In fact, he screams constantly in it!  I went on a 3 hour road trip with both kids by myself and Theo screamed the entire way.  Ugh!  When we went to Raleigh to visit my brother and sister-in-law, Brandon rode in the back and he was fine!  I really think he is just lonely and needs to see someones face.  Just talking to him and touching him won’t do.  Don’t know how we’re going to remedy that situation.  He screams so much that he sweats and soaks his clothes.

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A nice fall walk. Not, it was unbelievably hot. We were dripping in sweat.

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thumb suckin’

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Theo’s one month appointment on October 17, 2014.

I have learned the art of nursing while walking.  I get many weird looks (seriously?  why?  I don't know.) But ain't nobody got time to sit and nurse!  ;)

I have learned the art of nursing while walking. I get many weird looks (seriously? why? I don’t know.) But ain’t nobody got time to sit and nurse! ;)

Caden's second trip to Ashland Berry Farm and Theo's first!

Caden’s second trip to Ashland Berry Farm and Theo’s first!

flannels!

flannels!

A flannel family!

A flannel family!

Caden's first chore- feeding Toby!

Caden’s first chore- feeding Toby!

The only way (at the time) that I could get Theo to sleep while not on me.

The only way (at the time) that I could get Theo to sleep while not on me.

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Caden bakin'!  He likes to say "we're cookin' now!"

Caden “bakin’!” He likes to say “we’re cookin’ now!”

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Caden "cleaning up his mess".

Caden “cleaning up his mess”.

You gotta do what you gotta do.  When Caden constantly asks to "hold you" and Theo will only sleep on the carrier...

You gotta do what you gotta do… when Caden constantly asks to “hold you” and Theo will only sleep on the carrier.

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Daddy can build a ramp with a baby in arm!

Daddy can build a ramp with a baby in arm!

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Caden’s “nomeen puhkeen”!

Caden put the nursing cover on, looked in and said Seooooo.

Caden put the nursing cover on, looked in and said Seooooo.

Who needs a tree swing when you have a daddy swing?  ;)

Who needs a tree swing when you have a daddy swing? ;)

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Seo, trust me, you want this.  It has magical powers.

Seo, trust me, you want this. It has magical powers.

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We have all done our part in trying to get Theo to take a paci. Unfortunately, he still absolutely hates it.

Caden's first prayer by himself.

Caden’s first prayer by himself.

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Going on a walk to collect acorns!

Going on a walk to collect acorns!

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Theo's two month appointment.

Theo’s two month appointment.

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Theo loves lookin’ at his brudder.

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Caden likes to hold my face sometimes and just stare into my eyes.  And I kinda love it.  :)

Caden likes to hold my face sometimes and just stare into my eyes. And I kinda love it. :)

Campfire at uncle A's and aunt teppi's!

Campfire at uncle A’s and aunt teppi’s!

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Caden’s first s’mores. He called them Teppi tweats.

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dance time!

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One of K’s friends had a birthday party and she invited Caden. :)

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Looooves his cousins and aunt tep!

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When the costume is too small, you just put it on your head and your arms through the holes.  :)

When the costume is too small, you just put it on your head and your arms through the holes. :)

Teppi paci bootcamp

Teppi paci bootcamp

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Theo’s newborn photoshoot

We had the lovely Riette of Clearly Perceived Photography take Theo’s newborn photos many weeks ago and I’m now just posting them.  Life is a bit busier with two kids!  She is moving to North Carolina in a few weeks and I am SO sad!

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Theo's Newborn pics

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